The purpose of this website is to provide a place for stakeholders to provide input into the Practice change, Education and Extension in Reef Catchments Project (view the fact sheet ). This is one of the initiatives funded by the Queensland Government about understanding what is required to support accelerated and sustained practice change while enhancing capacity in education and extension. The focus of this project being undertaken by Coutts J&R is:
This review will impact on the way current funds could best be allocated to support these goals. Although stakeholder input is also being sought through meetings and interviews, this site is intended to provide another avenue for input, updates on what is emerging through consultation and an opportunity to provide further response.
We look forward to your ideas and together working out the best steps forward.
Jeff Coutts, Peter Long, Roy Murray Prior, and the Coutts J&R Team.
Thanks for joining us on this journey to see what can best be done to support extension capacity and effectiveness in the reef regions. This builds on a number of earlier reviews and experience in applying extension and education to develop capacity and support change - and see where action or extra support can make a difference - in the short and long term. In this first phase - January/ February we are undertaking a scoping phase - reviewing documents, trends, policies, statistics and whatever can provide a good background. We will also be interviewing a number of people to gain some first hand background on the overall issues and solutions. This will be followed up by regional stakeholder meetings in January-March and state-wide meeting in February. The project will be completed in June with recommendations to government and industry. This blog will be updated with our progress and some of the themes emerging from the consultation process. You will have the opportunity to comment as we go along.